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Janet S. Wong
1230 Avenue Of The Americas
New York, New York 10020
United States

Company Description: Janet S. Wong has written several acclaimed books for children and young adults. Janet Wong has inspired children of all ages with her books, poems, and school...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Position In Advisory Committee
    Authors
  • Founder
    UCLA Immigrant Children's Art Project

Education

  • UCLA
  • J.D.
    Yale Law School
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Janet S. Wong - Author of Acclaimed Children's Books - Janet's Biography
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Read how Janet Wong went from Law School to Writing Poetry Janet S. Wong - Author of Acclaimed Children's Books - Janet's Biography
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Inspiring Poems and Stories by Janet S. Wong
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A Schedule of Janet Wong's Appearances Including School Visits, Book Signings, and Other Events
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Janet S. Wong was born in Los Angeles, and grew up in Southern and Northern California. As part of her undergraduate program at UCLA, she spent her junior year in France, studying art history at the Université de Bordeaux. When she returned from France, Janet founded the UCLA Immigrant Children's Art Project, a program focused on teaching refugee children to express themselves through art.
After graduating from UCLA, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in History and College Honors, Janet then obtained her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a director of the Yale Law and Technology Association and worked for New Haven Legal Aid. After practicing corporate and labor law for a few years for GTE and Universal Studios Hollywood, she made a dramatic career change—choosing to write for young people instead. Her successful switch from law to children’s literature has been the subject of several articles and television programs, most notably an O Magazine article, a "Remembering Your Spirit" segment on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and the Fine Living Channel’s "Radical Sabbatical."
Janet's poems and stories have been featured in many textbooks and anthologies, and also in some more unusual venues. Poems from Behind the Wheel have been performed on a car-talk radio show. "Albert J. Bell" from A Suitcase of Seaweed was selected to appear on 5,000 subway and bus posters as part of the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority's "Poetry in Motion" program, and was later highlighted on the Hallmark Channel’s "New Morning" show. And, in April 2003, Janet was one of five children’s authors invited to read at The White House Easter Egg Roll.
Janet and her books have received numerous awards and honors, such as the International Reading Association's "Celebrate Literacy Award" for exemplary service in the promotion of literacy, and the prestigious Stone Center Recognition of Merit, given by the Claremont Graduate School. Janet also has been appointed to two terms on the Commission on Literature of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Janet currently resides near Princeton, NJ, with her husband Glenn and her son Andrew.
Janet S. Wong
Copyright © 1999 Janet S. Wong. All Rights Reserved.
About Authors + Illustrators for Children: Obama 2012
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Janet Wong Advisory committee Janet ( www.janetwong.com) is a poet whose dream is to have kids all over the country talking with their grandparents and parents about election issues (and even filling out absentee ballots together).
Xlibris AU
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Four Questions for Janet Wong
Janet Wong was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Southern and Northern California. During her junior year in college, she lived in France, studying art history at the Universite de Bordeaux. When she returned from France, Janet founded the UCLA Immigrant Children's Art Project, a program focused on teaching refugee children to express themselves through art. Janet graduated from UCLA, summa cum laude, with a BA in History and College Honours. She then obtained her JD from Yale Law School, where she was a director of the Yale Law and Technology Association and worked for New Haven Legal Aid. After practicing corporate and labor law for a few years for GTE and Universal Studios Hollywood, she chose to write for young people instead.
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Articles by and about Janet can be found in the Claremont Reading Conference Yearbook, Scholastic's Instructor Magazine, Creative Classroom, Teaching and Learning Literature, California English, Booklinks, and various other teaching journals and newspapers.
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Featuring Janet Wong Published in California Kids!, July 2004
Janet Wong worked as an attorney for Universal Studios in Hollywood negotiating labor contracts and firing people. But she felt like she was becoming a mean person. "What was most unsettling to me was that it wasn't bothering me anymore," she says. Wong decided it was time to do something more meaningful with her life--perhaps working with children.
However, teaching was not her calling. While attending Yale Law School, she earned some extra money as a substitute teacher. "I was not a good teacher," says Wong.
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Wong wrote and read poetry 40 hours per week. The class not only helped hone her skills, it changed her life.
Wong shifted her focus from picture books to poetry, and is now a critically acclaimed children's poet.
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" Good Luck Gold is my favorite poetry collection, not because the poems are the best, but because I took the greatest risks," says Wong.
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And even though Wong did not give the main character in the story a name, he is based on her son.
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Wong writes her picture books and poems from her Medina, Washington home. Her writing schedule is sporadic, subject to the demands of school visits and her eleven-year-old son's extracurricular activities. Wong has learned to treasure these interruptions. Her son's competitive chess playing has not only changed their lives, it was the inspiration for an upcoming book, Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club (McElderry, Fall 2004).
During day-long school visits and writing workshops for children, Wong writes about ten poems while demonstrating poetic techniques. At the same time, she hones her own skills and gives herself a form of enforced practice. Early on she toyed with the idea of assembling her workshop poetry into a collection, but has decided that any attempt to collect the poems for publication "would diminish the exercise quality of them."
School visits also allow Wong to stay in touch with her readers-their language, their habits, their emotions, their reactions. Through her workshops and in the following poem, she encourages them to find their inner poet:
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Copyright (c ) 2000 by Janet S. Wong.
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HOW TO CONTACT JANET WONG
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Janet Wong's career switch was so dramatic that she was featured on a segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show. When Wong left her job as Director of Labor Relations at Universal Studios in Hollywood, she dreamed of becoming a children's book author. Over the next two years, she took a writing class, submitted manuscripts, and piled up more than two dozen rejection letters. Through a combination of practice, persistence, and talent, Janet Wong quickly became a successful writer of poetry and picture books for young people. In 2003, Wong was invited to speak at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
You can watch the interview below, view the interview transcript, read a short biography on Janet Wong, or see a selected list of her children's books.
Janet Wong's career switch was so dramatic that she was featured on a segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show. When Wong left her job as Director of Labor Relations at Universal Studios in Hollywood, she dreamed of becoming a children's book author. Over the next two years, she took a writing class, submitted manuscripts, and piled up more than two dozen rejection letters. Through a combination of practice, persistence, and talent, Janet Wong quickly became a successful writer of poetry and picture books for young people. In 2003, Wong was invited to speak at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Burritos, pizza, and chopsticks: In this video clip, Janet Wong talks about her "pretty regular" childhood in multicultural Los Angeles. The Trip Back Home: Janet Wong explains how her childhood visit to her mother's village in Korea provided the storyline for this picture book. The great career switch: In this video clip, Wong describes how and why she left law for children's books. The power of poetry : Janet Wong used to hate poetry. Today she makes her living writing it. Watch this video clip to find out why she had a change of heart. The poetry suitcase: Attention teachers: Here's a quick and easy way to read more poetry in your classroom. Twist : While discussing her book about yoga, Janet Wong personally demonstrates the fierce exhale of the lion. Dumpster diving, anyone? : Even though Janet Wong has never dived into a dumpster herself, she did find a fun (and safe) way to write about it for kids. Apple Pie Fourth of July : Watch this video clip to find out why this book is actually Janet Wong's public apology to her parents.
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